Monday, 11 May 2015

Not Sushi Every Day Even if I Want to

Remember Try to achieve 30 pieces a day rule ?

 Variety foods make our body balanced and healthy.
When we were little, we were made to eat a variety of good foods,
 but once you get older, you tend to eat what you like or tend to eat easy food.

But this may lead us to delayed allergies.
The symptoms do not always appear immediately after you eat.
It may come out in the evening from the food you take in the morning.
This is due to a habit of you eating the same thing every day.
As the body has released antibodies it leads to the sudden onset of an allergy.

Be careful especially in the morning.
It is easy to eat the same thing, such as yogurt, milk, fruits which could cause allergies.
If you eat toast and yogurt, you will then take rice and fruits the next day.
Just try to balance it out and take different foods.

Do not eat the same food 4 days in a row a week.
This is also good for the brain. 
It's in your control whether you become obsessed by one thing, no attachment. 
Refresh your body and brain every day.

Not Sushi Every Day Even if I Want to

Monday, 4 May 2015

How can we achieve 80 % fullness?

The answer lies in whether you notice if you are overeating or not

Ask yourself, after meals do you feel:

1.You would not mind having a little more
2.  You feel uncomfortably full and you have to undo your trousers
3.  You feel comfortably full

You will know the real deal within 10 minutes of eating. Your brain will send a signal and you'll start to feel it.

If you know you're someone that overeats, then take these steps..

30minutes before your meal, snack on some nuts or dried fruits

Have soup and start with vegetables and salad, before the main meal

Place a small portion on your plate.

Chew  20 to 30 times

Eat slowly

Put your phone away at the dinner table and enjoy family conversation.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

British Food could never be defeated by any other countries.

I brought our family friend, a Japanese gentleman, Mr Katsumi, an author, ex michellan's judge, to one of the biggest supermarkets in London when he came over.

He loved it.  He was so excited to see all the kinds of foods and enjoyed it so much that he spent hours looking around the shop.

He said, ' Unfortunately English food does not have a good reputation across the world, but look at these fantastic variety of foods.  You are very luck to have all these ingredients from all over the world. You could never be defeated by any other countries! So what British people have to is to use them efficiently and as frequently as possible.

Unfortnately, he passed away last year, but everytime people say negative things about British food,
I am so proud of his positivity and I will never forget it.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Half Onion Slice a Day

Fresh onion is good for your blood circulation.  Try half onion a day.
The succesful point is to learn technique how to cut very finely

Here are some recipes using sliced onions

Avocado, salmon and sliced onion

tuna mayonaise with sliced onion

tofu with sliced onion

Hope you are all having a great day

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Seaweed is a strong ally

Seaweed is very good ally for diet and health

dried seaweed shopped at Japanesse or Chinese shop

soaked in water

It is ready for use, no need to cook.  There are some recipes.

with cucumber and sesame seeds

leafy salad with tofu or feta cheese

with chick beans and soy beans

With Japanese dressing: Sesami oil, rice vinegar (lemon) and soy sauce

(minced onion, minced garlic, minced ginger would also be a perfect match)

Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

All you can do is practice

The two essential items for roll sushi is makisu (bamboo mat) 
and your hands.

Bamboo Mat

The bamboo mat is worth investing in if you are getting into making sushi.
You can find them in Japanese and Chinese food shops or via the internet.

I've seen someone using grease proof paper before.
I tried it but it is difficult to control the strength and texture whilst rolling, 

Grease proof paper.

Make Vinegar Rice

How to make Sushi Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar  90ml
Sugar     3 table spoons
   Salt       half table spoon

(Sushi Rice Vinegar is optional)

You can add whatever you like. Here are a few examples.

Place the items at the end

Roll it firmly with the content with seaweed

Soft but firm pressure with the hands

All you can do is practice

Good Luck!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

How to make Miso Soup in a relaxed manner

Lots of British people like Miso soup and 
you can buy Miso soup paste in many U.K. supermarkets now. It's so simple to make and it's perfect for a cold night in.

1.) Boil the water

2.) Chuck whatever you want; onions, potatoes, spinach, beans, seaweed etc.
Two or three items at once would be good. The most popular item is tofu and radish in Japan.

(Be careful not to put too many things in though, it'll just overflow!)

3.) Do not boil for too long. 
Remember that the texture of each item is very important.

4.) Put the soybean paste in and gently stir it.  
As soon as the paste melts;
it's ready!

I've put tofu and spinach in mine.

You're probably wondering how do I know how much paste you're supposed to put in...

Just keep giving it a taste. If you think it's too salty, add hot water. Or if it's too watery, then add more paste!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Do It Every Day

You go to a facial treatment once a month to look great...

...but what about the rest of 353 days?

You exercise twice a week...

...but what about the rest of the week?

Do it every day!

You don't even have to sign up to an expensive gym membership. You can buy DVDs for home use and do one workout session a day after you come home for work or after you put the kids to sleep. And if you do have a gym membership take advantage of all the lessons including yoga and dance. The most important thing is to be CONSISTENT!

Friday, 3 April 2015

To those who are unfortunate enough to put sugar in their tea

There are two kinds of people in this world...

Fortunate and unfortunate people.
The latter put sugar in their tea. The former do not.

You're pretty unlucky if you have been raised drinking tea or coffee with sugar.

You may already be drinking it with fatty milk too and maybe you have it with a biscuit or two.. or three.. I don't think you actually realise how much sugar  and fat adds up over time. 

But it is a lot...

 I know tea is a staple in the U.K. and some say a good English breakfast is not the same without sugar, but you have to learn to treat tea with sugar like it's a treat and not a lifestyle habit.

 Here are some ladders to for you climb out of the sugar doodle-bug.

- Have tea or coffee with sugar only in the morning.. Italian roast coffee is great first thing after you wake up.

- Get into herbal teas. They're so much healthier for you and you can drink as many as you like.

- Honey is great. You can buy natural organic honeys from supermarkets and they are a healthier alternative to sugar.

Tea without sugar would go better with an already sugary dessert.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

"Can't Be Bothered" Only One Time

Everyone knows it's better to make your own dinner from scratch rather than 
buying processed food. But sometimes it can get so tedious making food every night from scratch, especially when your day is busy and you don't have time.

Here's a little trick to prepare ready-to-make foods for the rest of the week, or even month by just making the meal ONCE.  Take nut cutlets, for example. Very nutritious and filling. If you make 20 nut cutlets all in one go and freeze them, you only have to get through the "I can't be bothered to do this, cooking is so long" hump just once! This is a very simple recipe on how to make home-made nut cutlets.

Boil potatoes and beans 

Cut the nuts quite big so you can feel the crunch

Mix with salt and peper, spinach, sweetcorns, salmon flakes
 or whatever you fancy
Wrarp individually and freeze them

Coat with flour and fry them with olive oil or butter

If you make 30 frozen cutlet, the life will be easy

Thursday, 26 March 2015

70% of Japanese people's body are made of soybeans

Japanese people eat lots of soybeans from miso soup, soy sauce to tofu.
They are called meat from the field and a good protein is included.

This is a must-have item at home.
I usually buy long-life firm tofu in a box of 12.

Here is a recipe for Avocado Tofu, which makes a perfect starter dish.

1 Avocado
 1 tofu
   Single cream 4 table spoons
Milk 3 table spoons
Sugar  2 tabel spoons
Vegetable gelatine 10g
and lemon

Mix everything and put them into a blender/liquidiser
and put it in the container and cool it.

Serve with wasabi soy sauce or vinegar soy sauce

Inspired by my friend, KOT 

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Number of Plates Shows a Suspicion of a Love Affair

The basics of a Japanese meal consists of a bowl of soup, three side dishes and rice.

The soup is usually made of soybeans with vegetables and it's the most delicious when it's piping hot. 

The main dish usually consists of fish or meat. The three side dishes are usually root or leaf vegetables, soy bean products, seaweed or eggs. Please bear in mind this is the absolutely minimum. The person will add more on as they please. It's all about the variety of food for Japanese people. 

The more plates on the table, the happier they are..

When you're expecting a visitor, the number of plates express a service from the heart.  The whole of the table is covered with many kinds of meals and this shows that you are much welcomed.

However, this isn't just a happy occasion. Sometimes the way a meal is set up can lead to a domestic dispute with a suspicion of a love affair! Yes, you heard right...

When the husband comes home after hard working day, he'll usually come home to at least 3 small dishes, a beer or sake prepared by his wife and a few other dishes and the main course.
However, if husband finds only one plate sitting on the table with sake, then he knows something is up. He starts to panic. He knows his wife is mad about something, so he starts to search his memory for everything he may have done wrong recently.  The wife would never tell him,  she just shows her feeling by the number of plates lined up. Basically, one plate means "I saw that lipstick stain on your shirt, buddy...."

Friday, 20 March 2015

Green Tea under British Weather

If you drink English tea in Japan, the taste is not the same. 
The water and milk are different.  
And of course English tea must be accompanied with English weather.

How about drinking green tea in Britain?  

I have noticed the colour of green tea does not go proper green.
Using soft mineral water might help. 

What about the weather?
We have four seasons in a day, so we can handle it in any cases.

Green tea is famous for having many healthy benefits, including fat burning, 
but more importantly,
have a look at their relationship with green tea.

They drink green tea after every meal. 
Green tea is something to finish a meal for them.
So they do not need deserts after meal, just occasional fruits. 

That is the important bit rather than the content of green tea!

Hojicha (roasted green tea) never fails on British people